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Double Jack - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,514 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,514
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 296
Gots: 704 | FT: 30
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. My deepest gratitude to the good doktorzee for procuring this for me on his most recent trip to SoCal. The sparring lion and bear of this brewery's labels continue to fascinate me - I suppose I should look into that sometime.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and tightly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a nice array of cloistered bonsai tree forest lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet orange rind, acerbic ruby red grapefruit, and a boozy pineapple and tangerine tropical fruitiness, sort of like those alco-pop Breezers of too many years' past dance club specials, a mildly bready pale maltiness, and some further leafy, perfumed hoppiness. The taste is sugary pale malt, with a heavy dose of bready caramel, zippy, somewhat candied grapefruit and orange citrus flesh, guava and dense lychee - rendered almost in the form of succulent nectar, with further exotic fruits that start with Apricots and end with crazily odd Zinfandel spicy red vinous notes, which goes a fair way in writing off the muddled alcohol essence that seeps in under the guise of a floral perfumed essence.

The carbonation is fairly restrained, and generally innocuous, the body a sturdy medium weight, not needing of any more to prove its point, with a straight-up smoothness that belies the maelstrom brewing just under the surface. It finishes more off-dry than I was anticipating, as the supporting-cast malt doesn't really seem to have that extra gear, one necessary to tamp down the now free-range hops.

A stellar West-coast DIPA, the malt mostly overridden by the big-ass, bitter, sassy hops, and when combined with the trailing, understated ABV, creates the semblance of a more standard hopped-up IPA experience than that of the proclaimed style. Good on 'em for this obfuscation, one that I fear I may be the veritable end of my night, smiling all the way.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 05:40:29 | More by biboergosum
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8%

11-14-2011 21:45:22 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1-24-2012:

Firestone has really dialed this beer in since its inception. More or less then same beast, just with more juicy tropical fruit aroma and more kick to the flavor profile. Really good stuff if you can find it fresh - check the neck of the bottle for a bottling date.

Bottle into a nonic.

Golden hued and brilliantly clear. The head is thin but lasting.

The nose is good, but not necessarily explosive. The hops convey tropical fruit aromas, mango and pineapple predominantly, but there's a touch of papaya in there, too. There's a little sugary malt sweetness that's reserved and pleasant, complementary to the hops. Alcohol is noticeable at a low level.

Malt and alcohol play an opening role. Sugar cookie sweetness clashes a bit with some brash booziness at first, but the hop flavors soon take over. Peach, pineapple and mango hop notes are amplified by the pale malt, giving the impression of juicy ripe fruit. Medium in body, quite drinkable though decidedly boozy. The finish is moderately bitter, moreso than the initial 2009 batch of this beer, though to my palate it could use a little more kick.

Very good on the whole, with a bit of tweaking I feel this could be a great beer, but as it stands it's 2nd tier.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 04:16:00 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-14-2011 19:09:33 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, pine hops with a little bit of sweaty character.

T - Onion and pine hop flavor up front with some bread and caramel. Sweet malt in the middle with some sweaty hops. The beer finishes with lightly sweet malt and pungent hops flavors accompanied by strong bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a reasonably balanced finish.

D - Very distinct with an almost harsh hop profile. The aroma is excellent but the flavor profile is sharp and very sweaty/oniony. Not bad, but it hurts the drinkability a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 06:22:06 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus sweetness and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced and starts with a strong burst of grassy hops bitterness that is quickly followed by a complementary citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, very well-disguised 9.50% ABV kick, excellent representation of style, this beer is right up there with the best ones that I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 01:41:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-11-2013 13:23:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to d0b for sharing this growler with me and my wife. Leaked a tiny bit in transit, but seems to be no worse for wear. Served in a Goose Island pint glass.

A - A finger and a half of off-white foam that dissipated fairly quickly and leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing. Nice transparent golden color. I think it had been on-tap it might've had a little more foam.

S - Lots of sweet citrus and earthy dankness hoppiness that is well balanced lots of toffee and doughy malts.There's also some notes of zest and rind. Big smell - jumps out of the glass.

T - The taste starts sweet with a nice mix of candied sweet orange citrus and piney flavors. I don't get as much of the dankness in the taste as I did in the aroma. There's some nice toffee balance and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish, although I'm shocked that this is supposedly 100 IBU.

M - A little thinner than I like for DIPAs - needs a little more viscosity to support the 9.5% ABV. Carbonation is kind of low, which I would attribute to the leakage in transit, but it doesn't bother me so much as I prefer just the slightest tingle anyway. Lots of residual stickiness in this one.

D - The drinkability is kind of off the chart for a 9.5% brew. You can't taste the booze at all, and the bitterness is under control. It was easy to down two pints of this - wish there was more of this in Chi-town.

Another great FW offering, and another high quality west coast DIPA.

Serving type: growler

07-03-2009 23:23:07 | More by MasterSki
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

05-26-2014 01:00:01 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Pineapples, lemons, & breadyness

T: Grapefruit, caramel & breadyness up front, along with leafy hops & pineapple. Pineyness, with grapefruit, tangerines & a touch of boozeyness & sticky caramel once warm. Finishes a touch boozey, dry with pineapple & grapefruit & pine

MF: Chewy, light carbonation with nice stickyness & a touch of booze bite

A nice DIPA, not perfect, but scratches the hop itch pretty hard, if the boozeyness was dialed back this would be a world beater. A welcome addition to the Mizzou beer scene!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 04:11:11 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a crystal clear brilliant copper in the glass, topped with 1-2 fingers of frothy off-white head. This retains with a rich creamy foaminess that drenches the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, piney, and bitter with grapefruit flavors, with a dank leafiness to it. Tropical fruit and sugary grains sweeten things up a bit, while everything is funneled up the nose with a bright and free feel. Great hoppy bouquet on this here, with a perfect balance of bright hops and ripe stickiness in the nose.

That bright hoppiness carries over to the taste, with notes of grapefruit, rind, resins, and some mellower herbal textures. The hops here are quite sharp and flavorful. Balance is provided by a sweet and sugary base of toasted grains and juicy tropical fruit. This finishes with dry resins, spice, and lingering bitter fruit, with a touch of leftover sugars hanging in there as well. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied; with a slick and creamier feel up front that then gets sharper the longer this sits on the tongue. There is some beefy warmth to the body but it’s not overpowering and serves to help accentuate all of the warm stickiness of the malt and fruit.

While not quite a top tier entry in the DIPA category for me, I was pleased to find that this lived up to the fine qualities of its predecessor, the Union Jack IPA. There’s lots of well balanced hop flavor here but I felt that the ABV was just a little too high to keep the approachability of this to where I wanted it. Still, this is a very nice beer though.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 13:16:22 | More by Kegatron
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe. Thanks! This is a want of mine so I'm quite excited about it. Poured into a snifter.

Beer is orange and a little hazy but has a nice white head of small and medium bubbles. Moderate to low carbonation, lacing happens as well. Looks like an IPA.

Aroma is nice, sweet like a tangerine and pretty floral hops. You can find the maltiness in there too. Smells good.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty sweet on the lead off position. The sweetness falls away quickly giving rise to a decent midpalate hop character of tangerine and other citrus hops, some piny-ness but the citrus is the start here. The finish is not too dry and adequately bitter. Easy drinking for a big IPA. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:17:49 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a tulip of this at Capone's on 4/23.

A golden slightly sunburst color w/ red accenting and a thick cap of white cream w/ tiny bead and lots of lace sticks. The clarity is good with only a very mild haze when held to the light. The smell has a high amount of citrus fruit w/ light malt odor and tangy orange aroma from the hops w/ slight alchohol and mild grapefruit w/ gentle floral and hints of mango in the nose. I goodly amount of malt is felt w/ resinous juicy tinges and slightly high amount of carbonation w/ subtle and smooth bitterness throughout. The malt adds a slight caramel sweetness to the feel.

The flavor has an excellent amount of bitter and fruity hop flavor w/ mild tinge of orange and apricot w/ moderate spice and caramel element in the flavor from the malt w/ juicy effect from the hops which has a mineola tangelo taste and subtle green herbal accent with light toasted tinge as the Imperial IPA finishes with bitterness lingering slightly. I enjoyed this beer as it is a very tasty strong IPA overall I was very happy with sipping this gradually, would I have enjoyed it more had I not just tasted Ephraim from Hill Farmstead? probably, but that doesn't mean it is lacking, this is a solid beer in most every way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 14:23:46 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice fluffy almost 2 finger head, fades semi slowly, over super clear amber orange color. A light lacing sticks to the sides.

Nose has tons of fresh hops, light musty hop resins, some citrus, light pine, hint of tropical fruits, very nice juicy hop aroma. A very light malty sweetness supports the beer from underneath.

Taste starts with lots of fresh juicy hop flavors, not musty at all at first, tropical fruit, citrus, light pine, slightly floral, delicious and smooth, with a nice malty backbone, light sweetness, just a hint of booze. Light candy like hop sweetness and malt flavors give that nice candy DIPA flavor. A very light musty hop resin comes through later on the taste, especially on the finish, which dries a bit, and gets pretty bitter, with a bit of a sticky feel, and lots of lingering juicy hops.

Mouth is medium to very slightly heavier bodied with decent carbonation and just a bit of warming booze but drinks much better than 9.5%.

Overall a great DIPA, very little booze, nice malty backbone that stays in the background but balances the hops well and supports them, the hops get musty and resinous on the aroma, but keeps throttled back, then the flavor is just pure citrus, tropical fruits, and sweet candy like hops. Tasty and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 02:46:38 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the grapefruit and pine hops, with some resiny, dank hops mixed in as well.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of resiny pine, as well as some pineapple, papaya and other tropical fruit. No detectable alcohol. Medium bitterness and very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 00:50:21 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Oakmont National Pub, Havertown, PA

Nice IPA! Poured into a stem glass, a clear golden with brown shadows, moderately carbonated, with a half finger of creamy white head that receded to a thin layer eventually, and left some nice lacing. Great head for an IPA. Big citrusy hops in the aroma, and not much else noticeable. Big citrus hops in the taste as well, with notes of orange and grapefruit mainly; piney; also a subtle sweet malt background, but it's the hops that are primarily noticeable here. Light-medium mouthfeel, and very very smooth for an imperial IPA. Alcohol is well hidden, boosting the drinkability of this fine quaff even more.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 20:18:32 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

08-21-2013 02:36:32 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tons of hype about this beer, so i was stoked when i saw it at my local. poured into a pint glass, lots of lacey head here. nose is fruity with big big hops. its a complex taste, almost a little heavy on the sweet side, long evolving finish finally coming through with the hop bitterness. no doubt a worthy brew, but didn't live up to all of the hype. that said, i'd be very interested to try some of their other concoctions.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 18:39:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with two fingers of fluffy off white head. The head fades but leaves a layer with some nice lacing as well. Decent head retention.

Smell: Really nice. Juicy, bitter citrus hops. Reminds me a bit of tangerine. Some malt sweetness in there as well.

Taste: Follows closely from the smell. A hop bomb, bitter citrus peel hops. A nice malt backbone, but the hops definitely dominate. Some alcohol and a strong bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A little more malt in the background might have smoothed things out a bit, but that's just nitpicking. I really enjoyed this one and am very likely to have another in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 01:52:43 | More by oline73
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mdfb79

New York

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap tonight at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and pine hops.

t - Tastes of oranges, fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical fruits, light pine hops, slightly bitter.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty smooth. Doesn't taste like it's 9.5% ABV.

d - A very nice DIPA. Lots of orange and citrus in the nose and taste, but not too bitter or overpowering. Would like to have again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 04:12:14 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber in the glass. Modest head, pleasantly spritzy. Huge slam of hops in the aroma.

Rich malty mouthful with a sharp flavor, but mellowed by the warm malt. Lots of piney woods in this, with a mango taste. Quite bitter, but not a tongue takeover. Some orange flavors, with plenty of citrus peel.

Really a fine big DIPA, and I'm not especially an enthusiast of the style. Very spicy with loads of aromatic hops. A winey mouthfeel. Really tasty stuff. Another win for Firestone Walker.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 20:53:50 | More by mactrail
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had on-tap at Shannon Rose in Woodbridge, NJ:

Pours copper with a white head with very good retention.

The smell is hop heaven! Great blend of citric, tropical, herbal hops.

The taste of hops shine through - citric, tropical, piney/herbal with a firm malt backbone that gives just enough sweetness to keep the hops giving flavor along with bitterness. Some booze shows in the finish.

This is an AWESOME double IPA. Hop heavenly!

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2014 03:12:14 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at 1702, Tucson; December 2010
Arrives from the tap with a hazy, gold copper hue and it is topped by a frothy, almost one finger thick, pretty long lasting, light tan colored head that manages to leave some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma smells nice and hoppy with concentrated notes of lychee, tangelo and kumquat zest that is backed by a little bit rougher notes of essential citrus oil. The nose is definitely expressive, but manages to be smoothly hoppy with out the sharper focus of pine and herbal notes often found in the style.

Oh yes, hops indeed, it is likely sucking on sweet hop nectar; definitely sweet tasting from both the supporting malt character and also the ample fruity hop notes. The fruitiness is so tropical and vibrant in character with huge notes of lychee, a sort of mango / guava thing, softer tangelo zest notes, ripe kumquat freshly zested with essential oil bursting forth, . The beer finishes with a softly biting bitterness that is quite a bit softer than a beer with this much hop character usually is and there is a light, sort of green, lightly herbal hop note that is just suggested. In the long finish though, there is a note that reminds me just a touch of garlic chives, though this is fairly subtle. The body of this brew definitely has some heft to it with a viscosity that sticks to the palate as the beer slides across the tongue, the linger bitterness helps to was this clean after each sip though & this is definitely appropriate for a Double IPA, though I might wish for a touch more lightness in the body; still this is quite drinkable & truthfully the fullness from the residual malt sugar also contributes to the huge expression of hop fruit character that this beer achieves. The malt plays a clearly supporting role, but the sweetness is definitely an important part of this character (and in truth much of the sweetness comes from interaction with the hops rather than overly residual sugar levels) and it also contributes pale biscuit / cracker like malt character that is at times noticeable underneath the hop onslaught.

I am really enjoying the vibrant hop focus of this beer. I really like that the nose is completely focused on this character and that the flavor has just a touch of bitterness and hop-herbaceous character to add a needed balance. A definite pleasant surprise, for some reason I wasn't expecting too much from this beer, despite really liking fresh Union Jack. At this particular moment the fruit focus this beer has is definitely quite appealing, though I could see this being a bit too fruity and cloying to some (even to myself under a different situation).

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 15:40:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Jack appears a gorgeous burnished gold with a two fingered head after a vigorous pour. Nice rings of Brussel's Lace form on the glass as a residue of foam is deposited after each sip.

A fantastic nose of pear, grapefruit, orange rind and pepper emanates from the glass. Notes of pine are in the background as well.

The taste is a menagerie of the aforementioned olfactory delights with a slightly sweet, bready maltiness cutting to the fore at the back of the throat. The pepperiness of this beer is quite unique for a DIPA and works well with the fruitiness/bitterness of the hops - it's exceptionally well balanced.

Mouhtfeel is spot-on for a West Coast DIPA and is neither too slick nor too thin.

Overall I'm really digging this beer as I have every other Firestone Walker libation that has crossed my lips.

Welcome to New Hampshire FW!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 20:58:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly clear with a dark gold color. Nice domed head which leaves ring lace after each sip.

Despite the color, there is powerful, lightly sweet caramel malt aroma--not what I was expected. There is little hop nose. What I do smell is like grapefruit rinds.

Good bitterness in the taste. Also, the alcohol is potent on the tongue--lots of wRmth in the swallow. Rich body, even oily from the alcohol, The aftertaste is like grapefruit rinds, but it is relatively short lived.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:03:33 | More by smcolw
Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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